SAINT-ETIENNE, France — Despite leaving out several of his top players, Jose Mourinho has named a very strong Manchester United starting lineup for their Europa League Round of 32 second-leg clash against Saint-Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Watch Live Streaming Coverage
Manchester United lead the tie 3-0, following the comfortable victory at Old Trafford last Thursday where top striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting a hat-trick.
The likes of David de Gea, Anthony Martial, Marcos Rojo, Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia are all on the bench, as Mourinho made six changes to the side that beat Blackburn in the FA Cup.
Among the starters today are top summer signings Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Sergio Romero, celebrating his birthday, has been handed the starting place in goal.
The Argentine international also started between the sticks in the FA Cup win over Blackburn over the weekend.
Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling andDaley Blind make up the back four.
Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Juan Mata are also in the starting team in midfield.
Meanwhile, Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galtier has made four adjustments to the side that went down to Montpellier over the weekend.
Romain Hamouma, Robert Beric, Vincent Pajot and Loic Perrin come into the team, with Leo Lacroix, Nolan Roux, O. Selnaes and Jorginho making way
Florentin Pogba, the brother of Manchester United star midfielder Paul, starts again for the French side.
According to Opta Stat, “Saint-Etienne have lost five of their last six games against English sides in European competition (D1).”
Saint-Etienne v Manchester United Teams
St Etienne Team to face United: Ruffier, Theophile-Catherine, Pogba, Perrin, Malcuit, Pajot, Saivet, Veretout, Hamouma, Monnet-Paquet, Beric. Subs: Moulin,Lacroix, Gabriel, Selnaes, Lemoine, Roux, Jorginho.
Manchester United Team to face St Etienne: Romero, Young, Smalling, Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Pogba, Fellaini, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic. Subs: De Gea, Valencia, Rojo, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.